Public invited to Glassmen concert 05.12.10

Written by David Green.

Every spring and early summer, many Morenci residents hear the percussion and brass of the Glassmen Drum & Bugle Corps as the group practices at the high school and on city streets.

Some people like that sound and some don’t, admits Brian Hickman, Glassmen executive director.

“For putting up with us, we want to do something for the community,” Hickman said.

What he has in mind is making the people of Morenci honorary members of the Glassmen family for an afternoon.

When the group presents its annual Family Day performance June 13 for the families of band members, the public will also be invited in for the show. The event is scheduled on the school football field.

The drum and bugle corps program will be explained and the sections of the band will be introduced. As the last session before heading out for summer competition, the corps will perform a preview of its music and routines for the 2010 season.

“I think it will be a great afternoon for the public,” Hickman said.

The Glassmen are also considering sponsoring a 5K run and fun walk June 12, but that decision has not been made final.

Hickman said about two-thirds of the Toledo-based group live in the tri-state area. The remaining musicians come from around the country, plus a few foreign students.

The young musicians range in age from 16 to 22 years.

The Glassmen use the Chesterfield School building on U.S. 20 as their summer headquarters.

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